My Turn: Talking trash … in a good way
May 31, 2011
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Who says heroes (and heroines) are hard to find? In Truckee, it seems that heroes outnumber regular folk by a significant margin. You wonandamp;#8217;t find these heroes in stretchy suits, however. These community champions swoop in at the speed of bullets to leap tall overpasses with a single bound, volunteering for everything from enhancing local education to protecting the Truckee River. One volunteer effort thatandamp;#8217;s especially near to my heart is Truckee Day, now in its eighth year. Each year, Truckee Day volunteers clean up an average of 8 tons of roadside trash. In addition, mutual cleanup efforts in Tahoe City and Kings Beach eradicate the roads of the North Shore of trash and debris on the same day.Truckee Day simply could not happen without the hard work of so many heroes andamp;#8212; here are just a few:Gerald Herrick has been the Truckee Day coordinator for three years. Gerald started as a neighborhood champion and quickly took the reins of the event. He is quiet, methodical and very thoughtful. He keeps all of the rest of us sane when things get a little crazy.Cindy Beckman is a hero too. Sheandamp;#8217;s a andamp;#8220;founding memberandamp;#8221; of Truckee Day. She was one of the first volunteers to step up for the event, and she has capably and cheerfully manned one of the busiest check-in stations each year, in Prosser Lakeview. She rallies her family, co-workers, neighbors and friends every year, and does so with quiet dignity.Then thereandamp;#8217;s Matt Warren, in Tahoe Donner. If you live in the Tahoe Donner neighborhoods, youandamp;#8217;re treated to a total party experience on Truckee Day! Matt organizes raffles, breakfast treats and keeps the busiest check-in station running smoothly every year.Hereandamp;#8217;s another of my favorite local heroes: Nichole Dorr, recycling coordinator for the town of Truckee. Nichole goes way beyond her job description to ensure all of the details are in place, from trash bags to T-shirts. She coordinates the Community Expo at the Block Party and serves as a runner during the Truckee Day cleanup. She is truly omnipresent! There are so many others: Wes and Tanya Beyer at Wandamp;T Graphix, who keep our costs down through in-kind donations, and go out of their way to find unusual items we need. You might also thank heroes JD Hoss at KTKE radio, Tom Ballou, Bill Corollo, Val Kelly, David Tirman the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Richard Anderson andamp;#8230; well, you get the idea, the list goes on and on. If I tried to list all of my Truckee Day heroes and their contributions, this column would be a regular weekly feature for the whole year.But everyone who participates in Truckee Day is a hero. You donandamp;#8217;t need a cape or a full-size telephone booth to be one andamp;#8212; just a garbage bag and a couple of hours of your time on Saturday, June 4. Check out the website at http://www.truckeeday.org and watch the Sierra Sun Friday for details and check-in stations. Iandamp;#8217;ll see all of you andamp;#8212; my heroes andamp;#8212; at Regional Park for the Block Party.Maia Schneider is a founding member of Truckee Day.